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As the number of measles cases spirals upward – spread mostly by those who refuse to vaccinate – the FDA took the unusual step Monday of reminding the public that the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine is safe and effective.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Monday that there were an additional 71 cases last week, bringing the total to 626 cases in 22 states since Jan. 1, the nation’s second-highest total since measles was declared eliminated in 2000.
The article goes on to state the following:
Peter Marks, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said it “deeply concerns us” that measles has again emerged as a public health threat. It is an “urgent public health priority” to monitor measles, mumps and rubella and raise awareness about the importance of immunization, he said.
“We cannot state strongly enough: The overwhelming scientific evidence shows that vaccines are among the most effective and safest interventions to both prevent individual illness and protect public health,” Marks said. “Vaccinating against measles, mumps and rubella not only protects us and our children, it protects people who can’t be vaccinated, including children with compromised immune systems due to illness and its treatment, such as cancer.”
According to the report, measles cases this year will likely break this century’s 2014 high mark of 667 cases.
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) April 22, 2019
There have been 626 cases of measles reported in the United States this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s 71 more than the agency reported last week. https://t.co/34YFlgUdx5 pic.twitter.com/wRx6whNCtL
— CNN (@CNN) April 22, 2019
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